Land Platforms

Ripsaw M5 touted for US Army’s light and medium robotic combat vehicle roles

31 October 2019

The race is on to build the US Army's mixed fleet of robotic combat vehicles (RCVs), and a Textron Systems team is pitching the Ripsaw M5 as a contender for both the light and medium lines of effort.

Textron Systems, Howe & Howe Technologies, and FLIR Systems showcased the Ripsaw M5 at the Association of the US Army 2019 (AUSA 2019) annual conference in Washington, DC. The platform is touted as a solution to the service's RCV-light (RCV-L) and RCV-medium (RCV-M) efforts.

"While the light will have a slightly smaller chassis for the different size requirements for the sling load requirements, they're both using common components and they're both using common drive systems," Michael Howe, senior vice-president at Howe & Howe Technologies, said during a 9 October media call.

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